Gallery: Adam Kalkin’s Old Lady House is a Modern Shipping Container Ma...

 
We've seen outstanding container structures from cargotecture-prodigy Adam Kalkin before, and now we have one more to add to the list. The main living space of the light-flooded home in Califon, NJ is three shipping containers wide by two shipping containers tall with two sides made almost entirely of glass. Named (rather misleadingly) the Old Lady House, the bright, airy home has modern finishes that are anything but granny-like.

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  1. Michael Fuller July 1, 2015 at 6:14 pm

    I love the stainless steel exhaust/ ventilation hood over the Stainless Stove/ cook top/ grill !

  2. Holcim Awards January 7, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    This is a beautiful house but nothing unique or extraordinary. There are thousands of buildings being built with shipping containers and many are much more sustainable. For other inspiring examples of sustainable architecture check out past winners of the Holcim Awards US: http://on.fb.me/holcim-awards. The Holcim Awards are now open for submissions so get your sustainable projects in today!

  3. leighblackall January 6, 2011 at 6:57 pm

    I agree juanwalker. Kalkin delivers us endless source for inspiration, although I wish someone would reveal the finer details of his ideas, such as how the roof and guttering is worked in this example. If Kalkin’s work is primarily art, then surely the details are crumbs for us to use? I wish Habitat would do detail investigation more.

    Here in Australia, the cost of a B grade container, and the relative difficulty to customise them into habitable dwellings, makes them practically inviable. The real worth I find, is in their portability. If a dwelling can retain the portability, the the concept becomes more viable. That is unless the aesthetic is worth more than the pragmatics.

    BTW. I’m pretty sure its a Kalkin design that features in the first half of the new Tron film.

  4. juanwalker January 6, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Alright you know a slam is coming when I start my post with, “I love Adam Kalkin, BUT……” really, this is NOT an efficient use of the structural capacity of containers….six containers, stacked side by side? This is art, not architecture, which I think the maestro would agree with. My beef with shipping container architecture in general (and I build these things myself) is that people either go to the ghetto/relief scenario extremes or the high-concept art-piece (Seatrain House) end of the spectrum, and in the process, marginalize this as a viable building option. Beautiful though.

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